beneath some cherry trees

Some cherry trees started to have their flowers in this district, later than the usual time of bloom.

In Japan, schools and universities usually hold their entrance ceremony at the beginning of April, and then cherry blossoms welcome pupils and students with their  pinkish glamour appearance, though this year some cherry blossoms couldn't appear in time because of lingering cold weather.

 Several days ago I went to a city hall in Minoh city in Osaka to help edit of some tanka poems for a tanka festival which will be held in May, sponsored by the Mainichi Newspaper company.

one week ago
On my way I passed by my old elementary school. I remembered there was a statue of a boy called Kinjirou, the model of a diligent boy, by the gate of the school.

Time fries , but he still stands there reading a text book with a bundle of sticks of firewood on his back, beneath a cherry tree that had barely started to have some flowers.

A lot of tiny plants, wild flowers, ferns and moss, are burgeoning on the ground in this season. Still, many people in Japan, including me, are looking forward to see cherry blossoms impatiently.

And once they have bloomed many people hope to be invited into the territory of the blossoms as if they were mesmerised by it.

A big reason for it is that cherry blossoms are transient, as it is often said.

In fact instability of weather of this season makes me anxious about that the petals might fall too soon.

It was not yet full bloom but I got off the train to see cherry trees along a river in Osaka city when I went back from the city hall.

Can you see Osaka castle over the river?

The contrast of the water and the sunlit bud reminds me of the following tanka poem written by Shūji Terayama(1935~1982).

Poems sometimes make some foggy thought in my mind abruptly clear.

マッチ擦るつかのま海に霧ふかし身捨つるほどの祖国はありや 寺山修司

striking a match


I see the fog ocean

is there a motherland

I can dedicate myself to?

translated by Amelia Fielden

And two days later, in Nara Park.

23 件のコメント:

In My Wild Eden さんのコメント...

The blossoms are so beautiful along the river and in the park with the sunshine and the deer. Our apple blossoms are here now and they are precious because they are not here for long. Your photos are so nice to see. Thank you!

Jen さんのコメント...

Cherry blossoms are so powerfully beautiful. I love the picture of the blsooms, river and city, and the jusxtapostion of the modern buildings and the castle. I love the tanka you shared with us.

Jenny Woolf さんのコメント...

Oh very beautiful! And I am glad that you got the chance to appreciate their blossom properly despite the cold weather.

Rurousha さんのコメント...

The tree-lined river in Osaka with the castle in the background is breathtaking.

The trees in Tokyo have already started dropping their petals, but that means we can now walk in sakura rain. That's even more beautiful ...

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Elena di V. さんのコメント...

Thank you very much for pictures and beautiful tanka!
The last picture with golden light is breathtaking!

Dave King さんのコメント...

really beautiful. I saw the blossom on the T.V. yesterday and thought how lovely it would be to be there. Thanks for showing.

Celeste さんのコメント...

Salut Haricot,
Me voici de retour enfin......
Je tiens à vous remercier de votre visite et votre chaleureux commentaire.
Chaque année nos journaux télévisés nous montrent des images sublimes de la floraison des cerisiers au Japon, et vos très belles photos nous confirment ce bel évènement.


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haricot さんのコメント...

In my Wild Eden

Thank you so much for reading this, in spite of my poor phrases.
Apple blossoms sounds serene and beautiful. I'd like to see them.

Thank you very much for visiting and reading. The season of cherry blossoms are peak now and some started to fade. It's too short.


Thank you very much for your comment. Yes, I had chance to visit some favourite places.It's getting warmer, though spring rain is too mischievous.


Thank you for your comment and the information about sakura in Tokyo.
You must have enjoyed the full bloom.


haricot さんのコメント...


Thnak you for your kind comment. The place of the last picture is my favourite in the park. It looks so natureal, isn't it?


Thank you so much.
I'd like to see the spring blossoms in these beautiful English garden. It's my dream.


Salut, Celste
Merci pour vos retour!
Les cerisiers au Japon sont televises las bas? Superb.
Bon week a vous.



Elena di V. さんのコメント...

Yes, it is very natural. And the most I like these long black branches, which look like they are made by some filigree technique.

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haricot さんのコメント...

Oh, thank you for your revisit and gave your opinion about the branches of a cherry tree. There are many sort of cherry blossoms here and it is one of them which are seen in mountainous area.

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Magia da Inês さんのコメント...

♫♫°º Olá!
Imagens muito meigas e agradáveis.
Bom fim de semana!

haricot さんのコメント...


Thank you for your comment with the nic e music!♫♫°º

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Macy さんのコメント...

So beautiful, and so short lived. I love the idea of sakura rain too.

haricot さんのコメント...


Yes, although it is hard to capture by photos, sakura rain is sweet.
Thank you for your visit,Macy.

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